June was full of heat, heat and more heat. As well as graduation trucks, sunbathers, Swedish strawberries, long days and short nights, Midsommar ads, floral dresses, rambunctious seagulls, queues at ice cream shops and bright pelargoniums.
The photo of these girls with heads full of rollers is my favourite from the month. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, with a camera to hand. These kinds of fleeting moments are the ones I love capturing the most.
Pillars of bright geraniums appeared in various streets around Stockholm. You really know Summer is here when that happens.
If we ever get a dog, I want to pedal it around on a bike like this!
People flocked to beaches and waterside green spaces; some sunbathers, some swimmers. I really appreciate how good the water quality is here because it means we have so many bathing spots to choose from.
Sweden is not set up for hot weather (it excels at cold thankfully) and so air conditioning is uncommon. Many people started using these portable cooling units when the heat arrived, and dangling the ventilation tubing out of doors and windows.
These prästkragar grow where geese nest each year. It’s a great spot — a small beach sheltered by trees, with wild daisies growing all along the bank. A good place to be a goose.
We saw a steady stream of these graduation trucks for several days. They blast out music while all the graduates jump around in the back — you hear them coming long before you see them.
The banner above made me laugh because it says something along the lines of “the student can confidently Ctrl +C from Wikipedia” and “the student can get extensive help from ChatGPT”.
And just like that, June was over!